Office, Conference/Event Space, Gardens
LEED v4 Platinum (tracking)
Construction is underway on a new campus for Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the largest private foundations in Oregon. The foundation works with and invests in organizations, communities, ideas, and efforts that contribute to a flourishing and equitable Oregon.
Located in North Portland's Albina District, the site was a former impound yard and the neighborhood where the founder of Meyer Memorial Trust, grocer Fred G. Meyer, lived and began building his reputation. Today, the neighborhood boasts a wide array of transportation options, including proximity toTriMet bus and light-rail routes, ease of walkability and bikeability.
Meyer's new 20,000 sf headquarters will include workspace for 50 employees and will feature a library, educational garden, convening, and meeting spaces. The new campus is envisioned as a place for nonprofits, community leaders, and organizations from across Oregon to gather and collaborate. To strengthen the connection between the Foundation and the communities it serves, the ground floor is designed as a welcoming hub with indoor and outdoor gathering spaces that open to the street.
A primary design driver for the project is to create an equitable interior experience that enables staff to do their best work, with equal access to windows and daylight across building programs and users. On the exterior, simple forms and façade break down the scale of the building to reflect and respect community conext, with a humble yet elegant design. The landscape design fundamentally acknowledges local ecology, community history and regional identity. With a plant palette of native species with historical significance, the landscape will serve as an educational setting for staff, visitors and community members.
In line with the Foundation’s commitment to equity, at least 43 percent of the project is being built by women and minority-owned subcontractors. In addition, the contractor plans for at least 30 percent of journeyman and apprentice hours to be filled by minorities and 10 percent to be filled by women.
To realize energy efficiency, conservation, building innovation and sustainable forestry, Meyer's new campus is targeting LEED v4 Platinum certification - sourcing materials that have been regionally harvested and locally manufactured, including mass plywood in the convening space from a central Oregon lumber mill. A sloping roofline will be one of the building’s most visible attributes, shaped to optimize solar access for a 50kW photovoltaic array.